Did you know that people carry the legacy of the Titanic, and even the Big Bang, in their pockets every day — in the form of a cell phone? Or that a connection exists between Egyptian mummies and today’s ham and cheese sandwich? Surprising links between the past and the present are revealed as BIG HISTORY explores 13.7 billion years of history and asks questions like: Was the American Revolution driven in part by a biological thirst for caffeine? Crisscrossing through time and space, each BIG HISTORY episode uses cutting-edge visuals and graphics to reveal transformative relationships between science and history.
In its native land, František Vláčil’s Marketa Lazarová has been hailed as the greatest Czech film ever made; for many U.S. viewers, it will be a revelation. Based on a novel by Vladislav Vančura, this stirring and poetic depiction of a feud between two rival medieval clans is a fierce, epic, and meticulously designed evocation of the clashes between Christianity and paganism, humankind and nature, love and violence. Vláčil’s approach was to re-create the textures and mentalities of a long-ago way of life, rather than to make a conventional historical drama, and the result is dazzling. With its inventive widescreen cinematography, editing, and sound design, Marketa Lazarová is an experimental action film.